Jean Bélanger

Booklet of electric applications and simulation examples

Publication date : Jul 2011
Paper File : Sim_Apps_Booklet.pdf



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Wei Li, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger,

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eMEGAsim and eDRIVEsim product information & simulation application examples

Monte-Carlo Study on a Large-Scale Power System Model in Real-Time using eMEGAsim

Publication date : Oct 2009
Paper File : ECCE2009_Opal-RT_paperID1802_Final.pdf



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Wei Li, Laurence A. Snider, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger, Claudio Pirolli,

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This paper describes a versatile, multi-domain, large power grid real-time digital simulator. Its ability to conduct multiple tests for protection coordination studies is described. A large grid model built using the EMTP-RV software and simulated in real-time using the eMEGAsim platform’s EMTP-RT software tool is described. A discussion and comparisons on the different solvers offered with both simulation environments are made. Comparisons between offline and Real-Time simulations are made using superimposed fault condition waveforms. Finally, multiple random tests are performed on the featured power system model and analyzed using the eMEGAsim simulator’s software package.

Real-Time Platform for the Control Prototyping and Simulation of Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Publication date : Jan 2010
Paper File : 2009_icmsao_RTsim_v2.pdf



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Simon Abourida, Jean Bélanger,

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The paper presents state-of-the-art technologies and platform for real-time simulation and control of motor drives, power converters and power systems. Through its support for Model-Based Design method with Simulink®, its powerful hardware (multi-core processors and FPGAs), and its specialized model libraries and solvers, this realtime simulator (RT-LAB™) enables the engineer and researcher to efficiently implement advanced control strategies on embedded hardware, or to conduct extensive testing of complex power electronics and real-time transient simulation of large power systems.

A Modern and Open Real-Time Digital Simulator of Contemporary Power Systems

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Paper File : EMTP-RT.pdf



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Wei Li, Laurence A. Snider, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger, Claudio Pirolli,

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This paper describes a versatile, multi-domain, real-time digital simulator of large power grids. Its capability to conduct multiple tests for protection coordination studies is described. A large grid model built using the EMTP-RV software and simulated in real-time using the eMEGAsim real-time digital simulator and EMTP-RT software tool is described. Comparisons between off-line and real-time simulations with different solvers are made using superimposed steady-state and fault condition waveforms. A multiple random tests application for protection coordination studies using eMEGAsim simulator’s built-in software TestDrive GUI and Python API scripting tool is described. The paper concludes with a discussion on the off-line, real-time and acceleration modes of simulation of the PC-based eMEGAsim simulator and its advantages for studies of modern power systems.

A Real-Time Regulator, Turbine and Alternator Test Bench for Ensuring Generators Under Test Contribute to Whole System Stability

Publication date : Jun 2009
Paper File : Tech_Paper-Final-IFAC_ PPPSC09-Opal-RT-060409.pdf



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Marc Soullière, Marc Langevin, Jean Bélanger,

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A new Test Bench for speed governors has been developed and successfully tested in a simulation laboratory and in a Hydro-Québec hydroelectric powerhouse. Equipped with a Real-Time Simulator, the RT-LAB BERTA Test Bench makes it possible to cause the speed governor and turbine to react as though they are operating in an islanded power system, while remaining connected to the main grid. This ensures that the generating unit under test actually contributes to the stability of the whole power system. On-site testing has demonstrated that previous speed governor settings which were thought to be very stable were in fact generating undesirable power oscillations. Through the use of the proposed Test Bench, more accurate settings can be made on-site without the need to conduct laborious analyses.

Real-Time Simulation of HVDC Systems with eMEGAsim

Publication date : May 2009
Paper File : RealTime_Simulation_of_HVDC_Systems_with_eMEGAsim_3rdEdition.pdf



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Wei Li, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger,

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This document provides users with benchmark models to evaluate the OPAL-RT Technologies system configuration needed to develop research models for the following three HVDC transmission systems: • Bipolar HVDC model, • Monopolar back-to-back HVDC system based on the First CIGRE benchmark for HVDC control studies [1], and • Multi-Terminal HVDC System. The controllers and protections implemented in these models are described. Simulation results with additional comments are provided to demonstrate the feasibility of these models. The studied systems are modeled in an environment that integrates Simulink/SimPowerSystems (SPS) with the eMEGAsim simulation platform, which incorporates the ARTEMiS software for solving of the real-time simulated model and the RTeDrive and RT-Events blocksets. This platform enables the simulation of increasingly large systems with real-time performance across multiple CPUs. Through the use of the TestDrive graphical user interface platform from OPAL-RT Technologies, it is also demonstrated that observing results and modifying parameters and conditions on a real-time simulated model is both easy and user friendly.

Real-Time Simulation of VSC-based HVDC Systems using Rectification Capable Switching Function-Based 3-Level Inverter Models

Publication date : Jun 2008
Paper File : Not available yet

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Vincent Lapointe, Christian Dufour, Jean Bélanger,

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This paper presents a simulation model of a 3-level Neutral-Point Clamped IGBT inverter bridge suitable for real-time simulation testing. The model is switching-function based but also works in rectifying mode. Because of the large number of individual switches that compose such an inverter, the switching-function approach produces exceptional computational speed gain when compared to piecewise time-segment linear algorithms such as SimPowerSystems, both in off-line and real-time modes. A benchmark comparison of the model used in an HVDC-VSC application with the RT-LAB simulator has shown a 10-fold increase in hard real-time computational speed.

REAL-TIME PLATFORM FOR THE CONTROL PROTOTYPING AND SIMULATION OF POWER ELECTRONICS AND MOTOR DRIVES

Publication date : Jan 2009
Paper File : Paper-ICMSAO-2009_Opal-RT.pdf



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Simon Abourida, Jean Bélanger,

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The paper presents state-of-the-art technologies and platform for real-time simulation and control of motor drives, power converters and power systems. Through its support for Model-Based Design method with Simulink®, its powerful hardware (multi-core processors and FPGAs), and its specialized model libraries and solvers, this realtime simulator (RT-LAB™) enables the engineer and researcher to efficiently implement advanced control strategies on embedded hardware, or to conduct extensive testing of complex power electronics and real-time transient simulation of large power systems.

A Modern and Open Real-Time Digital Simulator of All-Electric Ships with a Multi- Platform Co-Simulation Approach

Publication date : Apr 2009
Paper File : Paper_ESTS_2009_Opal-RT_Final.pdf



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Wei Li, Loic Schoen, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger, Irene Peres, Hugo Kohmann, Cristina Olariu,

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Designing an All-Electric Ship (AES) requires testing of the interaction between hundreds of interconnected power electronic subsystems built by different manufacturers. Such integration tests require large analog test benches or the use of actual equipment during system commissioning. Fully digital simulators can also be used to perform Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) integration tests to evaluate the performance of some parts of these very complex systems. This approach, in use for decades in the automotive and aerospace industries, can significantly reduce the costs, duration and risks related to the use of actual equipment to conduct integration tests. However the computational power required to conduct detailed simulation of such diverse and numerous power electronic components can only be achieved through the use of distributed parallel supercomputers, optimized for hard real-time performance with jitter in the order of a few microseconds. Such supercomputers have traditionally been built using expensive custom computer boards. This paper presents the technology and performance achieved by the eMEGAsim real-time digital simulator, which is capable of meeting these challenges through the use of standard commercial INTEL quad-core computers interconnected by DOLPHIN SCI communication fabric. The precision achieved in the simulation of a detailed power electronic model implemented with SIMULINK and SimPowerSystems, and executed in parallel with RT-LAB, will also be presented using a typical basic AES configuration. Furthermore, AES design implies the collaboration between several multidisciplinary teams using different tools to simulate all electrical, mechanical and fluid dynamic subsystems. The ORCHESTRA real-time co-simulation publish-and-subscribe framework enabling the integration of multi-domain simulation tools will also be presented.

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